Take an opportunity to research the organization and interviewer. Some potential employers ask questions about the organization. This is an attempt to find out if you are looking for a career or a job. You want to show interest in the organization and the possibility of growth. Also, researching the interviewer(s) is a great idea as well. A good place to start would be Linkedin. You may be able to find out information such as how long they’ve been with the organization, if they have ever been in the role you are applying for or if they have written any articles or blogs.
By knowing their background and interest, you can use this to make a connection with the interviewer. It will also assist you in being more personable and memorable.
2. Prepare and Practice
The more prepared you are, the more confident you’ll be. Practice answering the most common interview questions. Also, review the job description and think of potential questions and responses. If you haven’t completed a professional analysis in a while, this is a great time. A professional analysis is similar to a SWOT that is done by organizations. A form has been uploaded in our Facebook group, Premier Professionals to assist you.
When answering the questions, you’ll want to play towards your strengths. Reviewing the job description and knowing your areas of improvements, you’ll be able to provide appropriate answers to questions that may present a possible risk or unfavorable look.
Don’t forget to write your questions down in your portfolio. If you are nervous, you may forget your questions.
Finally, you’ll want to practice. Practice your responses out loud in front of the mirror. You want your answers to sound natural, clear and concise. Watch your body language. Are you slouching, is your hand movements or gestures distracting, do you have a nervous laughter?
3. Interview Eve
Prepare your outfit ahead of time. Be sure to dress for success. Your outfit should be professional, neat and tidy. You’ll also want to prepare your portfolio, make sure you have copies of your resume, printed on nice paper, two pens and a pad that includes your questions and a space for notes.
Be sure you know the location of the interview. If you’re not sure, take time to drive there the day before to assure you know where you are going.
4. The Big Day
Get up early. Give yourself enough time to get ready and get to the interview ahead of time. Take into consideration potential traffic. Arrive at least fifteen minutes ahead of time.
Remember you want to make a great first impression. Be polite, professional and personable.
This is your time to shine and show what you know. Focus on the question being asked. When answering the questions, be sure to explain how your past experiences, accomplishments or strengths are relevant to the question or the requirements of the position. Include answers that are relatable to the organization or interviewee as well. For instance, the position is for a Project Manager and they’ve recently implemented a project, you can mention the project they’ve recently implemented and talk about your experience implementing similar projects.
As the interview winds down, be sure to ask your questions and clarify next steps. Don’t wait until the end to close the deal. You should be selling yourself from the beginning. The first fifteen minutes are the most vital. This is the time you want to make a connection and show your authenticity.
5. The Follow-up
Always email or send written thank you notes to each of the interviewers within 24 hours. Although this is a very important step, many people overlook it. As a hiring manager of several years, I can tell you that this step has given finalists an extra edge.
You got the Interview, now let us help you get the job. If you would like assistance with Interview Coaching, click the link to schedule a 20 minute call to discuss how we can help you ace your next interview.